Can a $69 Lens Produce Professional Photos?

50mm lenses can cost anywhere from under $100 to well over $2,000, with options at just about every level in between. At the very lowest end of the spectrum sits the TTArtisan 50mm f/2, which retails for just $69. Can it produce worthwhile images at such a low price? This great video review takes a look to answer that question. 

Coming to you from Wes Perry, this excellent video review takes a look at the TTArtisan 50mm f/2 lens. Wide-aperture 50mm lenses are some of the most popular options out there, as they can cover everything from portraiture to events and much more. The surprisingly good TTArtisan 50mm f/2 still comes with features like a 10-blade diaphragm for smooth bokeh, though the notable drawback is its lack of autofocus. Modern mirrorless cameras make working with manual focus lenses much easier than it was with DSLRs, though, and as long as you are not photographing fast action, you should find it workable for most applications. Of course, you should not expect world-beating image quality out of a $69 lens, but it certainly seems like this 50mm outperforms its price (and its small footprint). Check out the video above for Perry's full thoughts on the lens. 

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Timothy Kieper's picture

Good value, but there are no stops between F8 and F16?